IOM/TIS Civil Registration Expert Job in Somaliland

Vacancy Notice No: SCO/037/2013

Position Title: Civil Registration Expert (International) (2 Positions)

Department: Field Coordination Unit

Duty Station: Hargeisa, Somaliland

Classification: Consultant with Ministry of Interior of Somaliland

Type of Appointment: 6 months with possibility of extension

Closing date: 28th June 2013

The core component of the International Organization for Migration’s Transition Initiative for Stabilization (IOM/TIS) program for Somaliland is building technical capacity support to the central and regional government entities to enhance their ability to provide adequate services.

To sustain stability and build on the continuous efforts of the Somaliland administration to improve its accountability and performance, the establishment of the first ever civil registration systems in the history of Somaliland is critical. 
The well-planned and institutionalized civil registration will allow for access to statistics which can enhance service delivery and development plans of Somaliland. 
It will jumpstart issuing of identification cards, and provide sufficient data for improved development planning in the areas of education, health, social benefits, security, and employment. 
It will also help uphold greater transparency and fairness of the presidential and parliamentary elections currently slated for 2015.

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) for Somaliland in Hargeisa, a key partner on the project, is mandated
and best positioned to implement a comprehensive civil registration initiative given its network of
about 23 District Councils.

The Ministry of Interior has in the past made efforts to undertake civil registration exercise that will collect and record demographic information, the initiative was however constrained by lack of both technical and financial capacity. 
This activity seeks to provide the Ministry of Interior with two consultants who will bring the necessary expertize and support for the Ministry at a critical juncture when strategic and clear milestones have to be established to achieve first tangible results. 
This activity will be the starting point in assisting the Ministry of Interior to identify capacity issues and interventions that need to be implemented to ensure that the Ministry is better equipped to launch a transparent and efficient civil registry exercise in Somaliland.

Technical Direction and Management

The consultant will report to the Minister of Interior and the TIS/IOM Program Manager. 
The consultant will provide guidance and manage locally hired consultant and advise the team of MOI appointees engaged in setting up civil registration in Somaliland.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide technical coordination, support, and advice to MOI and facilitate discussions to identify the most appropriate model of civil registration in Somaliland considering its context, capacity, infrastructure, human resources, and funding;
  • Encourage MOI to reach out to local stakeholders and promote information exchange;
  • Work with MOI and local expert to identify a core group of civil servants who will be working for civil registry;
  • Advise and guide MOI to develop a civil registration strategy outlining the model, approach, and implementation;
  • Advise and guide MOI to develop a detailed 1-year plan and a budget;
  • Provide guidance to MOI on assessment initiative of District Councils in Somaliland, bearing in mind infrastructure, human and funding resources;
  • Carry out desk review of documents, laws, and reports of relevance for civil registration in Somaliland;
  • Work closely with MOI and the key stakeholders to ensure coordination and support for the civil registration;
  • Manage local expert when necessary;
  • Upon completion of assignment in Hargeisa provide daily support to either MOI or local consultant over phone or e-mail for a period of 3 months.
Desirable Qualifications and skills:

Education and Experience
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience working in civil registration;
  • Interdisciplinary university degree relevant to civil registration;
  • Experience in supporting governments establish or advance civil registration systems and processes, also electronic;
  • Familiarity with the civil registration approaches and methodologies in African countries;
  • Familiarity with UNECA civil registration and vital statistics strategy in Africa;
  • Experience working with government administration in politically unstable environments, and with a sound understanding of the sensitivity and confidentiality issues involved Civil Registration;
  • Experience in facilitation and coordination, report writing, and presentation of findings.
  • Bi-weekly meeting schedule and progress report (2 page);
  • Ensure that the strategy and 1-year work plan are drafted by MOI;
  • Presentation of findings and achievements in Hargeisa for MOI, key stakeholders, and IOM/TIS, and the same presentation in Nairobi for USAID and IOM/TIS;
  • Final report one week after departure from Hargeisa;
Method of Application:

Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating the Vacancy Notice Number and position title in the subject line, with three professional references and contacts (email or telephone) to the:

International Organization for Migration (IOM),
Human Resources Department,
Gitanga Groove, off Gitanga Road
P.O. Box 1810 - 00606

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